Wow what a weekend!
On the 19th and 20th of August the Climbing NZ National Lead Championships was held at Extreme Edge, Glen Eden. This year was the first time that Para/Adaptive climbers participated in an offical Climbing NZ event.
3 of us showed up to hit the walls. Diane Drayton from Wellington, Rachel Carter from Whanganui and myself. It just so happened that we are all of similar functional ability so we put in our all and it was a really competitive competition.
During the Qualifying rounds Diane topped both climbs while Rachel and I topped one each so we were equal on points heading into the final. We hit the final on Sunday and I want to congratulate Diane on a smooth top out for Gold! Rachel and I got to the same hold which gave the decision for 2nd and 3rd to the judges.
After quite a wait for results to be posted and I just squeezed into second by “positive movement” to the next hold. Rachel, you are awesome and it definitely was a close competition!
I had an amazing weekend, the enthusiasm from Climbing NZ to have us there was huge and they absolutely went all out to make this event run as smoothly as possible. All 3 of us walked away with “gold” medals as Climbing NZ wasn’t sure how many categories we would be covering. So the 3 of us have our own little bit of Climbing NZ history.
Just so many people to thank and I will be writing more about the event and posting pics in the upcoming days. Just thought I’d post a quick update to let you all know what an amazing time we had!